Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bobbing for Apples...

Bobbing for apples is a fun Halloween tradition that offers a healthy break from all the candy and treats that seem to rain down during this time of year. It originated as a Celtic tradition... but it has seen many incarnations throughout it's history as a game. It is interesting to note that most of the time apple bobbing has been a game used in fertility rites or to divine the name of the person you are going to marry (for more apple lore associated with love you can check out one from my archives... Apple of my Eye). An old game played during new years festivities maintained that the first person to get an apple would be the next to marry... and another game stated that if a girl placed her apple under her pillow she would dream of her future lover. Thankfully my girls are far too young for such nonsense. At our house bobbing for apples is just good clean fun!

Here are some photos from last years apple bobbing festivities...

After bobbing for apples what better way to cover up the teeth marks than to slap a little Carmel on 'um.

6 apples
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk

Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2
minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place or prepared sheet to set. If you want you can roll the still warm carmel apples in sprinkles nuts or granola to give them a little crunch.

Happy Halloween!


  1. Ahhh, memories from being a child. I remember it being much more difficult than it looks. Trying to get your teeth into that apple underwater. But fun. LOL on your comment about slapping on some carmel to hide the teeth marks!!

  2. I haven't done that since I was a kid... sometime last century. Gosh that makes me sound old. And melting caramel on them after sounds like a perfect ending to the festivities... may rolled in harvest nuts.

    --Michael (aka:

  3. I'm too germ phobic! I know I'm missing out on a great time, but I can't get past the fact that someone else drooled in the water.

  4. I haven't done this yet with my kids. I may just have to.

  5. Wow I had no idea of the history of apple bobbing- how interesting!! Can I just tell you that I always LOVE your photos?! They are great :)

  6. @Marie... it is funny that you mention this... My friend that I'm spending Halloween with said the exact same thing when I suggested it for our spooky campout... I guess I've never thought about it since I've only done it with my husband and kids... I might not want to bob for apples at say a school function... Would it still freak you out if the water had a bit of bleach in it to kill the germs?

    @Jamie... thanks for the complement on the photos!

  7. I also wanted to thank everyone else for stopping by... I always love the comments!

  8. Apple bobbing is great fun. Another game I like involves burying lifesavers in a bowl of flour. You have to blow the flour until a lifesaver is revealed. Guess what ... the photos are hilarious! Make sure you've got your camera ready.



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